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Building green

February 25, 2008

The Mobile Press Register reports that builders there are building more environmentally friendly homes and offices. Building green is the new buzz word, said Mark Swanson, president of the Home Builders Association of Metro Mobile. Everybody’s…

Dems to caucus

February 25, 2008

Who will be the official delegates to the Democratic National Convention from this area? We don’t know yet if they will be seated, but the party needs to decide who will go. The Florida 1st Congressional…

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Ricks Blog: Most Influential Political Blog

February 24, 2008

Once again, this blog has been ranked the Most Influential Political Blog in Florida by Blognetnews.com. This is truly a surprise. Last month we established more defined rules for commentary on this blog. We set up…

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Sheriff concerned about Bubbas July 07

February 23, 2008

Through our record requests, we received a copy of letter from ECSO legal advisor, Darlene Dickey, to asst. county attorney Ryan Ross regarding “Law Enforcement Authority of Code Enforcement Officers.” It is dated July 2, 2007.…

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Bubbas disarmed and de-lighted

February 23, 2008

On Feb. 19, two days before the county commission voted to pay for the legal defense of its code enforcement officers, County Administrator Bob McLauglin sent a memo to Charlie Walker, head of code enforcement. The…

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Bubbas on Patrol cases

February 23, 2008

Through a public record request, we received copies of the lawsuits against county code enforcement and the Sheriff Ron McNesby. There are common threads. Both cases involved Saufley Landfill, construction debris haulers, Charlie Walker and Sotirios…

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City insisted Fire Captains get 10 percent

February 22, 2008

At meeting today with Fire union members, we were told that the union sought an 8 percent across-the-board raise for all ranks during the negotiations on the recently approved bargaining agreement. However, the City negotiators demanded…

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Roads Inc paid $12.3 million

February 22, 2008

As per a public request, we have found that Roads, Inc has been paid $12,352,346.36 this decade for work for Escambia County. FY 2001 $586,588.99 FY 2002 $600,261.71 FY 2003 $692,557.91 FY 2004 $1,719,261.77 FY 2005…

Sheryl Crow coming to Pcola

February 22, 2008

WILDFLOWER TAKES A DETOUR THROUGH PENSACOLA! SHERYL CROW ON APRIL 26! Pensacola, Fla – 9-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow will breeze into the Pensacola Civic Center on Saturday April 26th. The celebrated singer/songwriter has sold over…

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What’s wrong with Escambia County

February 22, 2008

Last night’s county commission meeting is the perfect example. A contractor – who has made hundreds of thousands from the county in the Hurricane Ivan clean-up and who employs the former county administrator’s son (or at…

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County code enforcement

February 22, 2008

The 2007-08 budget for code enforcement is $2,454,000. It’s funded by fines and fees ($1,654,000), General Fund ($300,000) and Solid Waste ($500,000). Two years ago the budget was $1,296,349. Hmmmmm – budget has doubled. Must be…

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Roads Inc catfish pond

February 22, 2008

Last night the Escambia County Commission revoked the stormwater permit for a pit that Roads, Inc has claimed for two years was a catfish pond. According to the PNJ article, Roads Inc. president Cody Rawson said…

Showdown on court funding

February 22, 2008

Our court system is expensive. In this area, law enforcement has an “arrest everybody” attitude. State attorney has a “try everybody” attitude. And the courts get clogged. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Legislature wants to…

Code enforcement has problems

February 22, 2008

This week Sheriff Ron McNesby took away the badges and arrest powers of the Code Enforcement officers. Why? Because of the liability. The Bubbas have overstepped their authority and have two civil lawsuits. Yesterday the county…